Luke 13:6-9 (NIV)

6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

8 “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

Could someone explain what the parable means?

  • Some help from the intratext
    – Peter Turner
    Sep 1 '11 at 13:18
  • I can give you no help on what lesson to draw from this tale, but I've heard that the tale itself is reasonable, as there was a tax on fruit trees. Incidentally, fresh ripe figs are delicious. My mother has a fig tree in her greenhouse. Mmmm ....
    – TRiG
    Oct 7 '11 at 12:01

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